Thessaloniki, the byzantine city
Thessaloniki, (also known as Salonika or Saloniki, ) has given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, poets and thinkers. It has some of the finest hotels and best restaurants in northern Greece. Thessaloniki is a very different city from Athens but no less sophisticated and (some might say) culturally superior. The influence of the east is more pronounced, not just in the delicious food, but in the relaxed lifestyle. Thessaloniki...
If you decide to choose to visit the city of Thessaloniki you should know that you'll see a totally different part of Greece and typical greek cities.
This difference is about its original colour, architecture, streets and even mood ! If you ilke byzantine churches, the touch of balkan architecture, the sea odeur in the air, rebetiko music, the small bistros in every corner and you've got a more romantic spitit, you'll love this particular city which never sleeps.
Be prepared to face the crazy traffic on the streets and the chaotic movement in the city center. For a more quite and traditionnal walk, prefer the old town called ''ano poli'' where you''ll enjoy the magnificent view to the golf of thessaloniki.